Emma in Morocco

March 8, 2016  |  Comments Off on Emma in Morocco  |  by Admin  |  News, Scholars

Emma touched base with us from Morocco – you can get more insights from her travels on her blog: http://foodstreetarchitecture.weebly.com/blog

I have moved on from India and now am travelling through Morocco. Firstly I arrived into Casablanca and have spent the rest of the week in Marakech. Next I’m going to briefly explore the landscape of the Atlas Mountains and the desert. Then move up north towards the cities of Fes, Chefchaouen and Tangier.

India was great fun and informative. It is a beautiful thriving country and has a range of atmospheres. The density and adaptability of the people demonstrated some fascinating and simple strategies which engage with the public. There was a unique sense of charm when buildings expressed their functions in an adhoc nature. A particularly revealing aspect when exploring the food realm.

And as a major food advocate I must admit the food was excellent. I loved trying all the variations of the traditional specialities. A very different diet from our own but mainly unprocessed and homemade. After Morocco I shall go to Spain.

Emma arrives in India

February 1, 2016  |  Comments Off on Emma arrives in India  |  by Admin  |  News, Scholars
Last week Emma arrived in India and touched base with us:
Yesterday I arrived in Mumbai, India, my first stop on my journey. I am travelling with a friend for India and Morocco. Things have been going well so far. We have been exploring the big busy city, seeing some sites and having our first few tastes of the local food.
I still intend to travel just over five months but with a bit of flexibility of dates. A few other places have also come to mind in the region so I hope to squeeze them in (Portugal and Turkey). My rough plan is:
Jan/Feb – India
Feb/March – Morocco
March/April – Spain/Portugal
May – Italy
June – Greece
June/July – Turkey

Emma’s travels begin!

January 25, 2016  |  Comments Off on Emma’s travels begin!  |  by Admin  |  News, Scholars


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Wishing our Parker Fellowship scholar all the very best on her travels! Follow her journey through the link to her blog below – it will include some exciting adventures to India, Morocco, Spain/Portugal, Italy, Greece and Turkey!


2015 Raffle

November 30, 2015  |  Comments Off on 2015 Raffle  |  by Admin  |  News


2015 Parker Fellow Announced

November 21, 2015  |  Comments Off on 2015 Parker Fellow Announced  |  by Admin  |  Event, News, Scholars


The 2015 Parker Fellowship was awarded at an afternoon tea event at the University of Newcastle to Emma Gaal. Starting in Asia, Emma will be travelling throughout areas where street food has a great presence. Emma proposed to document the effect of temporary and permanent architecture on how people use the street, especially in relation to food.

The Colin Madigan Commendation was awarded to Nathan Dawes, who will attend a term at the Julian Ashton Art School.

Congratulations to the recipients! Thank you to everyone involved and for the continued support of The Architecture Foundation.

2014 Scholarship Launch

May 28, 2014  |  Comments Off on 2014 Scholarship Launch  |  by Admin  |  Event, News

Red Sqaure The 2014 Scholarship Launch will open the submissions for The Parker Fellowship, the Colin Madigan Commendation and a new award will be introduced – the Graphisoft Award!

The Graphisoft Award is sponsored by Graphispoft Australia and awards a student with a perpetual licence to ArchiCAD STAR(T). The award valued at $5,000 provides the latest 2014 version which has the technology embedded in ArchiCAD 17 and  enables the recipient to legally start their architectural business! This award mirrors the values of The Parker Fellowship awards and conversely supports and develops students computer aided drafting skills. More information regarding the ArchiCAD STAR(T) edition can be found on the ArchiCAD website.

The Launch will occur 1pm, Thursday 29th May in Red Square at the University of Newcastle. All students currently enrolled in architecture at UoN are encouraged to come along and find out how to apply for these amazing scholarships.

We also have a range of past scholars lined up to present their experiences on the Parker Fellowship and the value of the Commendation awards. Certainly an event not to be missed! First round applications for the 2014 awards will close Tuesday 29 July 2014. To apply for these scholarships visit the University Scholarships page.

Shari in Laos

May 9, 2014  |  Comments Off on Shari in Laos  |  by Admin  |  News

I’m currently in Luang Prabang in Laos, an extremely beautiful city filled with old French architecture. My first month in Cambodia was an incredible experience- I cannot wait to return to Siem Reap in the future. The NGO I did my first placement with, Volunteer Building Project Cambodia, was so well organised and they really made some incredible changes in the villages surrounding the city. They have built 11 houses and during my 2 week stay we were repairing an existing village house. I absolutely loved the experience & I learnt so much about building techniques as well as the operation of the NGO.

For my second placement, completed last Friday, I was working in Vang Vieng in the North of Laos, with a company called ‘Fruit Friends’. I was initially supposed to be helping with construction work on a secondary school in Keo Kuang village an hour out of the city; however over the 2 week period I was only able to visit the site once. I didn’t quite have the experience with this NGO as I had expected (perhaps Cambodia set the bar a little too high) however I’ve gained some really valuable knowledge about the difficulties NGOs face in developing countries; in Laos a lack of communication is a huge problem.

In one weeks time I will be setting down in Nairobi for the next three month segment of my journey, which is a little scary but extremely exciting! I’m so lucky to be having this incredible life experience so I have to thank The Architecture Foundation again.

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Shari’s travels begin!

May 8, 2014  |  Comments Off on Shari’s travels begin!  |  by Admin  |  News

Shari Blanch is our 2013 Parker Fellowship travelling fellow.

Shari left for Cambodia during March on a five month adventure to research the role of  process of Non-Government Organisations in the design and construction industry in developing countries. Shari’s journey will take her through Cambodia, Laos, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and South Africa.

Shari is recording her adventures and observations at shariblanch.wordpress.com.

Below is a presentation Shari created of her itinerary and the associated NGO’s she will be involved with. Shari will complete her travels with an architecture conference at Durban, South Africa.


The Architecture Foundation 2013 Annual Dinner

June 28, 2013  |  Comments Off on The Architecture Foundation 2013 Annual Dinner  |  by Joey Trongchittham  |  Event, News

logoThe Architecture Foundation takes great pleasure in inviting you to attend the 2013 Architecture Foundation award dinner at the Link Gallery, Newcastle Museum, Wharf Road and Workshop Way, Honeysuckle on Friday 20 September 2013, from 6.30 pm.

This year we have a very special guest speaker: Grahame Bond, aka Aunty Jack, Kev Kavanagh, Flash Nick from Jindivick. Grahame is an architecture graduate from Sydney, instigator of the Sydney University architecture reviews, a comedian who changed the face of Australian television comedy, a writer and an actor.

Grahame Bond is one of Australia’s most prolific, influential and best-loved personalities. Having entertained and informed Australians for over thirty years, Grahame says he’s been “trapped in the A’s” – art, architecture, acting, advertising, archaeology and of course, Aunty Jack.’

The 13th annual dinner welcomes back the 2012 Parker Fellowship recipient Matthew Kelly from his time urban globetrotting, as well as the recipient of the 2012 Colin Madigan Commendation, Hannah Cheetham, from her time at the Julian Ashton Art School. We will also announce the 2013 award recipients.

The major 2013 fundraiser raffle will be an original framed watercolour by Charles Martin and the 2013 annual dinner raffle is also a watercolour by Charles Martin. Tickets are available from any committee member and from the Newcastle Divisional office of the AIA. This year, one ticket will cover both the major raffle and the 2013 annual dinner raffle, however, the 2013 dinner prize will be drawn on the night and only be available to the 2013 annual dinner attendees.

If you would like to attend the annual dinner, please complete our 2013 dinner registration form and email it back to us. We would be grateful if you could respond by Wednesday 14 August 2013 so that we can confirm final numbers for catering. If you are unable to attend but would like to make a tax deductible donation towards our scholarship fund, please use the form to register your donation.

I look forward to catching up with you at our dinner.

Best wishes,

Robert Donaldson
Chair of the Trustee and Hon Treasurer
The Architecture Foundation

Pin Cushion Islands

May 15, 2013  |  Comments Off on Pin Cushion Islands  |  by Joey Trongchittham  |  News, Scholars

Matt Kelly - HKOur 2012 Parker Fellow, Matthew Kelly has started his Journey. Follow Matt through Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China on his blog update.